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Apple’s new Mac Pro benchmarks surface, impress none

Here are the first benchmark scores from the new Apple Mac Pro (affectionately called ‘The Cylinder’) which sadly don’t impress much.

Mac Pro 2013

Apple was in a surprise-the-crowd mode at WDDC 13 this year when they revealed the new Mac Pro (and later that day, the iOS 7 operating system) to the public. At first glance, you’d have mistaken it for a dust-bin. After hearing them out for 2 minutes, you realize that it’s a really expensive one at that. Here are the first benchmarks based on the new 12-core (logical) Intel Xeon E5-2697 processor:

The benchmarks look slightly underwhelming, probably because everyone had hoped for a much more powerful system than last time. Instead, Apple introduced a sizeably smaller box with marginally improved computational power. Boy oh boy does the company need to open their ears a bit more, and at least direct it towards the right direction.

Thankfully, the product is still a few months away from hitting the market. Perhaps the early state of the new Mac OS X coupled with lots of other optimization-to-do might be the reason behind these not-so-great scores. Here’s hoping that things look better (and run much faster) in the final, retail version of the Mac Pro 2013 refresh.

Here’s a funny yet true comment made in the original report:

Mac Pro 2013

Customer desires:
– Slightly smaller
– Exponentially faster

Apple delivers:
– Slightly faster
– Exponentially smaller.

What can we say, we wholeheartedly agree!

Source: GeekBench via MacRumors

Preetam Nath
A 3rd year engineering student, Preetam Nath has a keen interest in following the smartphone and tablet sphere. He plays games on his favorite old PC when he's not doing anything. In the mornings, you can often find him at the gym.

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